'The Firm': Josh Lucas on paying homage to Tom Cruise and being dangerously righteous


Josh Lucas is playing a character on NBC's new series "The Firm" that another actor -- Tom Cruise -- put his stamp on in the 1993 movie based on John Grisham's best-seller. Lucas acknowledges the oddness of the situation, and while he offers his own take on Mitch McDeere, he also wants to pay homage to Cruise's portrayal."It's sort of unique, because it's not like playing Hamlet. It's not like doing something that's inherently anything anyone wants to make it," Lucas tells Zap2it. "I go back to the fact that the source material is very strong and very clear" about who the character is.The big picture, Lucas says, shows an ambitious man who came from modest circumstances and graduated at the top of his law school class, someone who "was always going to run the fastest, always going to work the hardest." It's the small details where he wants to acknowledge the movie version of...



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